We've known the CW was working on a Batwoman series for some time now, but today we're getting our first extended look at the Ruby Rose-starring series. It looks much like we expected it to look: dark, sleek and with no small amount of ass-kicking. Also, Rose looks pretty damn great in the Bat-costume.
See if you don't agree.
So, much to unpack here!
Let's jump straight to the unusually lengthy official synopsis, just to get everyone on the same page:
"Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety.
After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy). Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance. But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante.
With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope."
I honestly can't keep up with all these superhero TV shows, but I do think Batwoman looks a cut above some of the footage I've seen from other CW shows. The show doesn't look cheap, the action looks solid (if a little dark, though I gather that's an ongoing problem for a lot of these shows), and the costume doesn't strike me as ridiculous. All of that's good.
It's also nice to see one of these superhero properties being so upfront about the sexuality of its lead; there's no tiptoeing around the fact that Batwoman's Kate Kane is a lesbian. Of course all the progress being made on this front is good, even when it comes in the form of baby steps, but to see it featured front and center here feels like a much bigger step forward, and that's both encouraging and refreshing to see.
What do you folks think? Think you'll tune into Batwoman when it premieres on the CW this fall? Sound off in the comments below.